Category: Legislative Updates


Whirlwind of Legislative Activities as Lawmakers Return from Spring Recess

This week featured a flurry of activities in and around the State Capitol with numerous lengthy policy committee hearings, floor debate, and several demonstrations as lawmakers returned to Sacramento from their 10-day Spring Recess. A series of notable measures, including those related to COVID-19, reproductive health, criminal justice, and health coverage, were considered by lawmakers…

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Legislature Returns from Spring Recess on Monday

The California State Senate and Assembly are set to return to Sacramento from their 10-day Spring Recess on Monday, April 18. Lawmakers face a busy schedule ahead, including an April 29 deadline for policy committees to hear and report to fiscal committees bills with a fiscal impact introduced in their house of origin. A similar…

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CalHHS and DHCS Appointments Advance from Senate Rules

This week, the Senate Rules Committee held a hearing to review the appointment of three nominees from Governor Newsom: California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) Undersecretary Marko Mijic, CalHHS Deputy Secretary for Program and Fiscal Affairs Brendan McCarthy, and Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Director Michelle Baass. Members of the committee questioned all…

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Senate and Assembly Policy Committee Hearings Underway

This week, the California State Senate and Assembly maintained a steady schedule of policy committee hearings, considering new measures introduced this year. A handful of budget subcommittees will meet over the next week, but most have largely wrapped up their work until the Governor’s May Revise Budget release in mid-May. On Thursday, Senate President pro…

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Legislature Begins Shift to Policy Committee Hearings

The California State Senate and Assembly has largely shifted its focus toward policy committee hearings as new bills introduced in the second year of the 2021-22 legislative session begin to be set for hearings over the coming weeks. Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees are nearing the completion of their hearings prior to the release of…

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Newsom Names New Legislative Affairs Secretary

Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday announced a change in his legislative leadership in the Office of the Governor. Legislative Affairs Secretary Angie Wei, serving in her role since December 2020, will depart to serve as a member of the State Compensation Insurance Fund. Governor Newsom, in Wei’s place, has appointed Christy Bouma. Bouma has served…

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